• 11/03/2017 7:14 PM | Anonymous

    The more observant of you will have noticed a new logo on our website, and a new donation box within our umpires rooms.

    Boots for All is a social enterprise that aims to promote an active and inclusive Australia through Sport. 

    Boots for All collect donated reusable sporting equipment (from runners/boots to balls, bats etc.), and we have recently added a donation box in our rooms.

    Collected goods are either provided directly to disadvantaged communities (to break down the entry barriers to sport), or resold in the Sport for All shop in Briar Hill. The shop sells new and donated items, and provides vulnerable young people with accredited training and paid employment while raising funds to support the program.

    If you've got some pre-loved (but usable) boots or sporting gear, we'd love you to consider donating it to Boots for All. If you're in the market for some gear, you could also consider checking out their online or Briar Hill shop! You may even meet Boots for All founder Joanne Rockwell, mother of former VAFA umpire Jacob.

    You can see the flyers in our rooms, or visit to find out more!

  • 10/03/2017 1:27 PM | Anonymous

    The VAFAUA is saddened to relay the news that former VAFAUA member William 'Billy' Ahlm passed away on February 27, aged 88.

    Billy took up umpiring after a successful playing career, and became a regular member in the goal umpiring circles. 

    Our thoughts are with Billy's sister Inga and his family and friends at this time.

  • 27/02/2017 2:51 PM | Anonymous

    This Wednesday Night (1st March) the VAFAUA will be holding a fitting night for umpire uniform. We'll also have a BBQ as a 'welcome back' for all umpires, including the Goalies who join us for the first time this season.

    StarSub, our new uniform provider, will be able to offer some minor modifications for those umpires who wish to purchase new gear - for example adding length to the shirt for our taller members, or taking length off the shorts for the vertically challenged. 

    StarSub will be on hand to also discuss options with any umpire who may not fit the usual 'off the rack' sizing.

    All new Umpires are encouraged to come along to try on some gear for size.

    We will provide more information on the ordering process for all uniform orders shortly.

    See you Wednesday!

  • 11/02/2017 5:10 PM | Anonymous

    Our Western Campus training kicks off for Season 2017 this Wednesday, 15th of Feb at 6pm, with Terry Gunn once again at the helm.

    Training will continue on the College ovals at Westbourne Grammar, Truganina. It is suggested that you enter from Marquands Rd. 

    Terry runs a great session, and the oval and facilities are superb. The Western Campus group is tight-knit with a welcoming culture, and we would love to see the numbers grow this season.

  • 03/02/2017 12:32 AM | Anonymous

    VAFA Umpire Training resumed on Monday, 30 January at Elsternwick Park. Despite the forecast extreme heat (and some inaccurate Facebook rumours of a 2km Time Trial...), we had over 70 umpires on the track - a great turn out!

    Wednesday saw about 50 umpires back up for session 2, another fun and engaging session. The footballs are already out, and its safe to say our handballing skills haven't yet improved! We even had a bit of a look at the third-man up rule in a skill drill! For those unable to run, the goalie's lap-walking group is back in force, and looking for numbers!

    Wednesday's session was further supervised by Gav's daughter Ruby, who had come along with Gav's partner Jenaya and son Logan to celebrate his birthday. Andy Hartnett lead us in a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday, and Tony was lurking in the shadows with the video camera at the ready... lets hope that clip never sees the light of day!

    The feedback so far has been nothing but praise for the fun, engaging and productive nature of the training sessions, and with only 8 weeks until the Women's Lightning Premiership round, and 9 weeks until Round 1, we hope to see everyone on the track soon!


    Gav de Kretser with honorary coaching supervisor Ruby.

  • 23/12/2016 9:45 PM | Anonymous

    Seasons Greetings!

    We have just sent out our Christmas Update via email.

    If you did not receive a copy, you can read it HERE.

    The VAFAUA committee would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and we look forward to seeing you on the 30th of January at 6pm at Elsternwick Park for our first training session of the 2017 season.

  • 08/12/2016 11:03 PM | Anonymous

    If you are reading this news article, congratulations, you've found our new website!

    We've aimed to retain the same functionality, while aiming for a more user friendly experience. We're working on a few new features as well, which will be rolled out throughout the pre-season.

    For season 2017 on, we are asking all VAFAUA Members to register directly with us. You can do this by selecting 'Join Us', or by clicking HERE. Registering will ensure you are kept up to date with the happenings of the VAFAUA, and will open up restricted areas of the website, including coaching and the coaching Forum. Membership fee processes remain the same as previous years. 

    A major benefit is the ability to manage your own profile. You can update your contact details easily, by visiting your member page. It also allows the UA to keep accurate records of our members, and their contact details.

    Welcome back to Season 2017, and we look forward to seeing you at our first training session on Monday, January 30. You can even see our new Events page, and register your attendance for our first night back.

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